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The Speech of Lord Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of England, Delivered in the House of Lords, Oct. 7, 1831, on the Second Reading of the English Reform Bill; with Earl Grey's Reply to the Opposition; and A List of the Majority and Minority

by Brougham, Lord Henry; Grey, Earl

Price: $320.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA

  • Seller Inventory #: 012103
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Fine
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: W. Harding
  • Place: London

London: W. Harding. Fourteenth Edition, corrected and revised by W. Harding, Late Reporter to Hansard's Parliamentary Debates. Genuine Verbatim Edition, stated. Lord Brougham's major legislative contribution, The Representation of the People Act 1832, commonly known as the Reform Act 1832, was an Act of Parliament that introduced wide-ranging changes to the electoral system of the United Kingdom. According to its preamble, the act was designed to "take effectual Measures for correcting divers Abuses that have long prevailed in the Choice of Members to serve in the Commons House of Parliament." The Reform Act was proposed by the Whigs under Prime Minister Lord Grey. The legislation met with significant opposition from the Tories, especially in the House of Lords. Nevertheless, as a result of public pressure, the bill eventually passed. The act granted seats in the House of Commons to large cities that sprang up during the Industrial Revolution, and took away seats from towns that had become depopulated during the preceding centuries. Furthermore, the act expanded the number of individuals entitled to vote, doubling the size of the electorate. However, even after the passage of the law, the vast majority of citizens were unable to vote. The act was, in full, entitled: "An Act to amend the representation of the people in England and Wales." Its formal short title and citation of the act was: "Representation of the People Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will. IV, c. 45)." The act only applied in England and Wales; separate reform bills were passed for Scotland and Ireland (see Scottish Reform Act 1832 and Irish Reform Act 1832). Other reform measures were passed later during the nineteenth century; as a result, the Reform Act 1832 is sometimes called the First Reform Act, or the Great Reform Act. Fine in new cloth binding.. Cloth. Fine. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.